How to transform regular Douglas Fir pinecones into works of art. A pretty idea for a spring centerpiece

Painted Pine Cones Centerpiece

This painted pine cones project came out of nowhere. I was on a walk and picked up a Douglas fir pine cone because I thought it was cute. Later on in the day, I was going to take a picture of it when I noticed the little pieces on it looked like tulips. I wondered what they would look like if I painted them pink so I pulled out the paint and well, this is what happened: another simple tutorial for you!

I picked up several more pine cones in the days that followed so I could paint them and put them in a bowl for a spring-like centerpiece for our table. I love the tulip look with the pine cones–reminds me of spring! For those of us who live in or near the forest, pine cones can be somewhat annoying at times because like pine needles, there are so many lying on the ground. Hopefully this craft will help you put some of those pine cones to good use!

How to Make Your Own Painted Pine Cones Centerpiece

Supplies needed:

Douglas Fir pine cones (as many as you want)
Paint (I used my trusty fabric paint; you can use acrylics)
Small paint brush

Make sure your pine cones are free from dirt or any kind of spider webs, etc. I was pretty choosy with the ones I brought home. Also note that the “tulips” on these cones are incredibly fragile so when you are out collecting, be careful to not crush them. I didn’t realize this at first and just tossed them all into a bag. Oops.

How to transform regular Douglas Fir pinecones into works of art. A pretty idea for a spring centerpiece @dev.jenniemoraitis.comCarefully paint a layer of paint onto the “tulip” part of the cone. Paint one side at a time so the paint has time to dry. You can paint your pine cones in several different colors. I ended up liking pink the best.

How to transform regular Douglas Fir pinecones into works of art. A pretty idea for a spring centerpiece @dev.jenniemoraitis.comOnce the pine cones are dry, arrange them in a dish or bowl for your centerpiece. Aren’t they so sweet?

You probably could use your hot glue gun to glue these into a wreath but I’m on a hot glue gun break this week. 🙂 I need to save the glue for a cute Flower Barrette tutorial I’ll be sharing next Monday.

How to transform regular Douglas Fir pinecones into works of art. A pretty idea for a spring centerpiece
If you’d like to see some more easy craft ideas (many of them using supplies you probably already have on hand!), click here to go to my crafts page. I update it frequently with new crafty fun!

Thanks for stopping by, and have a wonderful day!

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23 responses to “Painted Pine Cones Centerpiece”

  1. May Avatar

    Gorgeous! These look great!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thank you! 🙂

  2. Mom Avatar

    I must collect some pine cones on my walk tomorrow! Love the delicate little tulip.

    1. Jennie Avatar

      You should! Now that I know what to look for, I see them everywhere. 🙂

  3. Erlene Avatar

    I love the small pops of color on the pine cones. Great almost free craft 🙂

    1. Jennie Avatar


  4. Zakkiya Hamza Avatar

    I absolutely love these. It’s such a simple idea yet makes a striking statement. Unfortunately pine cones are not something that is found here often but I guess I can look for alternatives ! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thank you! And yes, definitely keep your eye out for alternatives…there are so many things we pass over every day that can easily be transformed. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  5. Nici Avatar

    These pine cones are adorable. I’ve never seen this type before. Love the colors you chose to paint them too. Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party. Hope you’ll be back again this week!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thanks, Nici! 🙂

  6. Adrienne Jones Avatar

    Make a painted pinecone wreath, slap in on etsy and you will be a millionaire! Okay…maybe just a hundred-aire…but still…love it.

    1. Jennie Avatar

      I like how you think, Adrienne! 🙂

  7. Karen Avatar

    We have so many pine cones in our area, so I love coming across cute ideas like yours on how to use them for décor. This is something my girls will love to do with me. Great playdate activity as well!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      What a great idea to do this with your girls–have fun! 🙂

  8. All that's Jas Avatar

    I have to admit, I have never seen pinecones with “tulips” but they look really nice painted! Thank you for linking up to Thursday Favorite Things and we hope to see you again next week!

  9. Rachel Avatar

    Beautiful! I guess we didn’t have Douglas Fir where I grew up. We always had the big prickly kind in our yard. I love the idea of painting them, especially the tulips. It give a very interesting look. Pinning and thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thanks for stopping by, Rachel! 🙂

  10. Kim Cunningham Avatar

    This is a sweet idea. Would be super cute for fall!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      What a great idea to do these for the fall. Love it! 🙂

  11. Elaine Avatar

    Super Cute!! I love using unique things in different ways! I would love if you stop by and visit My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday – Link Party too!! It’s still open…I’d love to have you!!

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thank you! And thanks for the invite to your party–I’ll be right over! 🙂

  12. Jenny @ Women With Intention Avatar

    Very pretty, Jennie! We spray painted some enormous pinecones at Christmas in golds and reds and they were beautiful, too! 🙂 Thanks for sharing at Women With Intention Wednesdays! 🙂

    1. Jennie Avatar

      Thanks! I want to try painted larger pine cones for Christmas this year too–they always look so nice. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

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